By Jenny Needham
During February, Estelle and I travelled to Reading to be part of the OneVoice prophetic conference.
I have always been interested in the prophetic, so I was delighted to see that a number of people that I regularly follow were going to be at this conference in Reading, hosted by Yinka Oyekan. Yinka is the driving force behind The Turning, which we were also involved in last year while Walking the Way The purpose of this conference was to bring together prophetic people from around the UK, and to facilitate a unified voice to hear God's heart for our nation. Estelle and I were representing our Prayer Watch - UK intercessors group.
We started with worship, spending quite a lot of time listening to God and enjoying His presence. Then we went into smaller groups and prayed for different areas of our nation (government, education, health etc) and asked God for prophetic words for those areas.
Some prophetic words were shared by Betty King, Emma Stark and Veronika West. Veronika shared how an angel sat next to her on the plane (!) while flying here from Northern Ireland, who showed her false altars (idols) being torn down across our nation, and the building of new altars. She also saw wells of revival opening. The full version can be found here).
After lunch Dr Mark Birch-Machin shared a vision based on the concept of nerves in the human body. Nerves receive information from the skin, feed into the central nervous system and then messages are sent back out to the body in order to take appropriate action. In the same way, he proposed that prophetic voices all across the nation could feed into a central hub, which would gather this information, look for trends and confirmations, and then pass on important information back out to the body of Christ.
Emma Stark then shared a prophetic word for the UK for 2020. Some highlights that resonated with us were: This is a very strategic year. It is a new day, the year of turnaround. God is calling this 'the uncomfortable revival'. It will be gloriously uncomfortable. It is the year for moving house, changing jobs and passing on batons. Change will be the new normal. She shared on the importance of remaining flexible. God is working new wine-skins. She said that angels of awakening, harvest and deliverance are being released. A new level in worship is coming as we worship with intent. God says 'I want your attention in worship whether you like the song or not'. There will be a deliverance anointing on worship. More information from the British Isles Council of Prophets can be found here.
More details of the conference materials and prophetic words given can also be found on Richard's Watch. Richard provided us with comprehensive information prior to the conference, on the status of the prophetic in the UK. On his website he has also collected together a useful record of many prophecies for the UK. This is a helpful resource for the church in UK.
All of this gave us much to pray over and reflect upon, as we consider which parts of these words are for us to pursue as individuals and at Pathways. Much of it confirmed what we were already feeling; that we are stepping into a new day, and that there are exciting times, and times of change ahead. Our theme for 2020 is 'STEP INTO A NEW DAY!'